From indigo and denim to the deepest midnight hues, inky blues are my latest colour obsession.

After the popularity of grey as one of the biggest colour trends for interiors in recent years, it feels refreshing to embrace the depth and intensity of these darker shades.

In colour psychology blue is regarded as serene, soothing and calming. Indigo has a more sedating effect than brighter shades like cobalt or Mediterranean blue making it perfect for injecting a laid back, relaxed style to your interior.

Strong, deep, thoughtful, inky blues really come alive when combined with white, grey and pale woods within a neutral colour scheme, as in this beautiful home which was featured recently over on Scandinavian property website Fantastic Frank. You can find similar chairs in the Ercol Originals range, or try the Kartell Comeback Sled chair for a contemporary take on the traditional Windsor chair.

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Along with nautical navy, which evokes a more coastal style, cool indigo is the perfect summer hue. Historically a natural dye extracted from plants and one of the oldest known dyes used in textiles and printing, this deepest shade of blue will add timeless style to your home.

From striking cushions to rugs and glassware, here are a few ways to incorporate this sophisticated modern colour into your home.

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Fine wool and cotton chenille combine to create this intricately woven Fedra rug featuring a traditional Keshan design. The pattern is traditional but the denim colour palette gives it a fresh, contemporary edge. Layer it over rough sawn pale oak flooring for an on trend look. Natural wood tones will add warmth and texture and prevent blue from feeling too cold.

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Few things will transform your bedroom as quickly and easily as a new throw or bedspread. This striking ikat style quilt by Elodie King features a chevron design in sophisticated shades of indigo and cream.

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Add a further accent of blue with this short-necked glass vase and create a harmonious tabletop scheme by teaming it up with blue and/or white ceramics.


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This Savalen lounge chair, sumptuously upholstered in Bluestone knot design Welsh wool and available with a choice of either light or dark wood, offers just the kind of reading spot I’d love to sink into with a good book on a lazy Sunday evening.

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I love the soft, hand-dyed, left out in the rain look of this indigo cushion, which nods to another of this season’s interiors trends – painterly patterns. Made from textured canvas its intense colour and abstract pattern is bold and eye-catching and the summery style is perfect for the warmer months.

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It’s not quite indigo, but this elegant Ellis sofa would work perfectly alongside darker inky blue shades. With its cool, fresh colour, luxurious velvet upholstery and sophisticated styling it makes a classic and confident statement.

What’s your favourite shade of blue?

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Explore my Pinterest board for more inky blue inspiration.